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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Verbal and Visuospatial Short-Term and Working Memory in Children: Are They Separable?
Authors: Alloway, Tracy Packiam
Gathercole, Susan Elizabeth
Pickering, Susan J
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Keywords: Working memory
Verbal memory
vvsual memory
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: Alloway TP, Gathercole SE & Pickering SJ (2006) Verbal and Visuospatial Short-Term and Working Memory in Children: Are They Separable?, Child Development, 77 (6), pp. 1698-1716.
Abstract: This study explored the structure of verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory in children between ages 4 and 11 years. Multiple tasks measuring 4 different memory components were used to capture the cognitive processes underlying working memory. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the processing component of working memory tasks was supported by a common resource pool, while storage aspects depend on domain-specific verbal and visuospatial resources. This model is largely stable across this developmental period, although some evidence exists that the links between the domain-specific visuospatial construct and the domain-general processing construct were higher in the 4- to- 6-year age group. The data also suggest that all working memory components are in place by 4 years of age.
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Affiliation: Psychology
Durham University
University of Bristol

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